Published on Oct 1, 2009
Serena Ryder (http://www.serenaryder.com/) Performs : "The Sisters of Mercy" (by Leonard Cohen) at Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal 2008.
Serena Ryder (born December 8, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Juno Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Millbrook, Ontario.
Her first independent CD, called Falling Out, was released in December 1999. Other independent releases by Serena include Serena EP (cassette only) 1999; Live at The Market Hall & A Day In the Studio 2002; & Serena Ryder Live 2003 (a CD recording of her performance on CBC Radio's program Bandwidth).
In 2005, she released her debut major label CD Unlikely Emergency, which included the song "Just Another Day" which gained significant airplay on many radio stations, including CHUM-FM. The album was released by Hawksley Workman on his Isadora Records. Also released on Isadora was Live in Oz, a recording from her tour of Australia, released in limited numbers only at shows.
Ryder's second album, released on the EMI label in November 2006, is called If Your Memory Serves You Well and is a collection of notable Canadian songs from the past 100 years or so. The tracks include Leonard Cohen's "Sisters of Mercy", Galt MacDermot's "Good Morning Starshine" and The Band's "This Wheel's on Fire" as well as Paul Anka's "It Doesn't Matter Any More."
On 25 July 2008, Ryder gave an exclusive performance for attendees of the 2008 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting at the University of Toronto in Toronto, which was hosted by the Genetics Society of America. She was also accompanied by the Canadian R&B singer Jully Black.
Official site: http://www.serenaryder.com/
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